France, April 20, 1918

Dearest Wife;-

Had 3 letters from you in the mail to day. Those of April 12, 13, & 14 respectively. I did not get any other mail but was quite satisfied with my portion. Your letter of April 12 was open when it arrived, having been apparently improperly sealed.

I note what you say regarding the young man who was coming to France very much against his will. There are lots more like him. Of course nobody is in love with war, but as a nation we should have been much further ahead now had everybody realized at the outset that it was a serious bloody business requiring the thorough application of all taking part in it instead of a sort of a sporting event as many seemed to regard it. I am sure that with many thousands their active participation with the object of getting the thing finished up was a matter far from their thoughts.

Our weather keeps very cold still and it froze hard again last night. It usually clears up at night to give the bombing airplanes a chance to work. We have not had quite such a big inrush of patients the past few days but they still keep coming in at quite a rate.

I think something serious must have happened in our supply department for lately we have been getting strawberry jam in the rations. We have just had afternoon tea. We toasted some bread before our open fireplace in the mess and ate this with butter, or margarine rather, and strawberry jam. It was très bon.

I remember Mrs. Hanna very well but should have scarcely credited her with the disposition to make such an unkind remark. When do you intend to see the Matron-in-Chief? You did not tell me much about London. I presume it is about as usual. Do the people over there seem to realize the seriousness of the situation?

I had a letter from Prof. Christie and he said a lot of people over there were wearing anxious faces. I suppose they see now that from the start they had just as much reason for entering the war as had Canadians. Of course lots of Americans did so at the beginning, but many did not who should have known better.

Yours lovingly,

Harold W. McGill

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France, April 10, 1918

Dearest Emma; –

Your two letters of April 4 and 5 respectively have just come in and pleased me very much. The news is very grave again to-day but by the time this letter reaches you it may have undergone some improvement. There is certainly plenty of room for improvement.

Yes I think if would be better for you to see Miss McDonald if you feel like going to work. Then you could try elsewhere if she had nothing to offer you. Really I do not think there is much chance of leave being reopened again this summer, certainly not while things are as they are at present. It’s too bad, but we shall have a good leave after we have won the war and the war is by no means lost by us yet even if the enemy does make advance here and there on our front. He cannot keep up his present pressure for very long and we shall simply have to hang on and take our losses until he exhausts his resources. This is not a very satisfactory way of conducting war I admit but it seems to be the only one available for us just now.

No, I have not lost any clothing but have seriously thought of discarding some for I am carrying around more than I need. For pity’s sake do not send me out anything to wear. So far our rations have been good and where we now are we are able to run a good mess. Thank you very much all the same. I know you wish to be doing something for my comfort, but I am sure that I am getting much more and better food than you are yourself. Now, my dear, do not worry any more over my clothes or food. You mentioned a pair of socks. I have now just about twice as many socks as I require. By the way I never got that letter off to Miss Taylor. During these anxious days I am scarcely writing to anybody except to you and an occasional letter to Margaret.

I saw several of the old Bn. the day before we came here, among them Col. Bell. He inquired very kindly fro news of your good self in his usual courtly way. He tells me that Mrs. Bell is still in Paris and that she intends to remain there for the present at any rate.

Good bye my dearest. She shall yet have our victory.

Yours ever
Harold W. McGill

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